ECE Course Outline

ECE6510

Electro-Optics (3-0-3)

Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
Catalog Description
Study of the fundamental principles and primary applications of lasers, and of detectors of optical radiation.
Textbook(s)
Verdeyen, Laser Electronics (3rd edition), Prentice Hall, 1995. ISBN 9780137066667 (required)

Topical Outline
     Wave Propagation
          Laws of Reflection and Refraction
          Interference and Coherence

     Ray Tracing
          ABCD Matrices 
          Stability Criterion

     Gaussian Beams
          Introduction
          ABCD Propagation

     Optical Cavities
          Fabry Perot Resonance
          ABCD Law
          Photon Lifetime
     
     Introduction to Lasers
          Stimulated Emission
          Einstein Coefficients
          Lineshape
          Threshold and Steady State Conditions
          Two, Three, and Four Level Laser Systems

     Laser Dynamics
          Q-switching and Mode-locking
          Saturable Absorbers and Amplifiers
                                             
     
     Laser Examples
          Doped Insulator Lasers
          Gas Lasers
          Dye Lasers
          Excimer Lasers
          Semiconductor Lasers
     
     Detection of Optical Radiation
          Square Law Devices
          Noise 
          Optical Communication